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THE re­turn of Mary Pop­pins to the big screen brings some much­needed magic to the world in un­cer­tain times. That’s the view of the cast of Mary Pop­pins Re­turns, which opened in South African cin­e­mas yes­ter­day. More than 50 years af­ter Julie An­drews won over chil­dren, and adults, around the world with her por­trayal of the strict but kind nanny, she’s back to help the now­grown-up Michael and Jane Banks in their time of need. Set 20 years af­ter the orig­i­nal, it in­tro­duces au­di­ences to Michael’s chil­dren. Bri­tish ac­tress Emily Blunt said of PL Travers’ iconic char­ac­ter: “She has a lot of rel­e­vance for peo­ple around the world when things feel rather frag­ile. She’s a great uni­fier.” Co-star Lin-Manuel Mi­randa added: “Mary Pop­pins doesn’t come along when ev­ery­thing’s OK. Mary Pop­pins comes along when there’s trou­ble. I feel like the world is in a scary time and it’s a movie the world needs right now.” – Reuters. Nathanael Saleh plays John Banks, along­side Pixie Davies as Annabel Banks and Joel Daw­son as Ge­orgie Banks in Dis­ney’s Mary Pop­pins Re­turns. David Warner is Ad­mi­ral Boom and Jim Nor­ton is Bin­na­cle in Dis­ney’s Mary Pop­pins Re­turns. Dick van Dyke has a cameo role in Mary Pop­pins Re­turns, and An­gela Lans­bury is the Bal­loon Lady in the Dis­ney movie.


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